West Brom - West Ham Preview: Hammers looking to keep European dream alive with victory

West Ham United will be looking to keep their Europa League ambitions afloat with a win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday

West Brom - West Ham Preview: Hammers looking to keep European dream alive with victory
West Brom vs West Ham United:Hammers looking to keep European dream alive with Baggies victory

Slaven Bilic and his West Ham United side will be looking to keep their European ambitions alive on Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion

Above: West Ham United celebrate during their 3-1 win over Watford | Photo: AP
Above: West Ham United celebrate during their 3-1 win over Watford | Photo: AP

Looking over their shoulders 

The Hammers have had a excellent season under the watch of Bilic but a recent slump of form has put their European ambitions into some slight doubt. 

They currently sit three points outside the Europa League spot which is currently occupied by Manchester United.However four draws in their last five has allowed the likes of Liverpool and Southampton to make up with the two sides sitting a point and two points behind respectively. 

They managed to bounce back from their dramatic 2-2 draw with champions elect Leicester City as goals from Andy Carroll and Mark Noble gave them a convincing 3-1 victory over Watford. 

Above: Criag Dawson scores in West Brom's 1-1 draw with high-flying Tottenham Hotspur | Photo: Graham Chadwick
Above: Craig Dawson scores in West Brom's 1-1 draw with high-flying Tottenham Hotspur | Photo: Graham Chadwick

Party poopers 

It has been another poor campaign in the Midlands for the Baggies but Pulis will be expecting the upmost from his players ahead of Saturday's match as they look to end the season on a high. 

West Brom currently sit in 13th but with ten points between them and 18th-placed Norwich City with three matches to play there is no threat of been drawn into a late relegation battle. 

Having nothing to play for has shown in their recent form having lost their last three matches before they traveled to White Hart Lane last Monday. 

Despite seemingly been already on the beach, the Baggies managed to cause a huge dent to Tottenham's potential title ambitions with Craig Dawson scoring both ends to secure a 1-1 draw. 

Above: Andy Carroll celebrates his goal in West Ham's 3-1 win over Watford | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Andy Carroll celebrates his goal in West Ham's 3-1 win over Watford | Photo: Getty Images

Teams news 

The Croatian coach has no fresh injury concerns amongst his side after their resounding victory over the Hornets last week with striker Carroll expected to start once again having registered six goals in his last six matches. 

Pulis could have two potential massive absentees with Sadio Berahino and Ben Foster both set to be assessed ahead of the match having missed the White Hart Lane stalemate with ankle injuries. 

James Morrison has returned to training after a hamstring injury but is unlikely to feature while youngsters Jonathan Leko and Tyler Roberts could make a cameo appearance having trained with the first-team squad. 

West Ham United will visit West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday, April 30 with kick-off at 3pm BST.